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Product Reviews: Lose It! App

Yes, I am trying to lose some weight. If you are one of my regular readers you already know that. (And are also probably asking, so what’s with all the brownie and cupcake recipes, huh?)

So, this pin caught my eye:


I have been using this smart phone app Lose It for two weeks. My goal has been to lose a pound a week, and so far I have lost four pounds. Yes, I’m ahead of schedule!

Lose It has you log the food you eat every day. You can search a database of foods. It is impressively thorough, and includes most restaurants and brands of foods you find in the grocery store. It also has a “My Food” section where it stores foods you have already added so you can easily get to foods that you eat frequently. You can also enter recipes, and it will calculate the calories for you. It even lets you scan a barcode. Cool, huh?

You also log your exercise, and you get extra calories to eat for the day based on the type of exercise you do and how long you do it.

The app even tells you the percentage of certain nutrients, like sodium, protein and fat, that you have taken in for the day.

The program has more features online that allow you to connect with others. For example, you can take on challenges. My current challenges are the Downton Abbey Hobbledehoy Loggers, where you see who can log their food the most days during the entire season of Downton Abbey (I LOVE Downton Abbey!) and the Green Giant Vegetable Challenge which gives you one point for every 30 calories of vegetables you eat every day.

I sincerely hope that these challenges and the interactive features will win out over my chocoholic, sweets-loving side. So far, I really like it.

Until next time, happy pinning!


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Makeup Brush Cleaner – Easy and Works Great!

It’s that time of year when everyone is thinking of cleaning and organizing. So I caught the bug and started looking around my house for where dirt and germs were lurking.

It didn’t take long to find some on my makeup brushes. Embarrassingly, I can’t remember the last time I cleaned them. This pin came to my rescue:


This comes from the Daily Quirk blog.

Here are the instructions:

  • Mix 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of liquid dish detergent and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a cup.
  • Dip the brushes in one by one and give them a good swirl around the cup.
  • Rinse them under lukewarm tap water, reshape and lay flat to dry on a rag overnight.

Here are the wonderfully inexpensive ingredients and my nasty brushes:


Here’s what the ingredients looked like mixed in a glass jar. I used warm water instead of lukewarm because I didn’t read the instructions carefully. (Don’t worry, it worked marvelously!)


That’s the before. Here’s the after:


Yuck! You can see all the makeup that the cleaner removed. It was simple, too. I just swished each brush around for a minute or so and rinsed. Here are the brushes after cleaning and drying overnight.


Don’t they look great? No vinegar smell was left, either.

So, ladies, pull out those dirty brushes and get cleaning! Or, you gentlemen, clean your wife’s brushes as a wonderful surprise.

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Beachy Wave Hair Bomb

I have curly hair. I mean I really have curly hair. If I don’t style my hair or use any products and let it dry on its own, I look like a freaky grown up frizzy version of little Bo Peep, with wispy ringlets all over. I guess it was adorable as a child. Not so much as an adult.

If I use heavy duty product and blow dry and fluff it, I can easily produce a mini white person afro. Not pretty either, but I rocked the eighties.

Given the natural inclinations of my hair, I know I should avoid hair pins, but the ladies always look so lovely, and so it’s a siren song I’m unable to avoid.

I love the beachy wave look, but I’ve never been able to achieve it. So, I thought I would give this pin a try.


It’s from Oh So Pretty, the Diaries blog.

Here are the instructions:

  • Split all of your hair into two parts and then braid each part and secure with a hair tie of your choosing. I found that the “waves” ended up looking better with bigger braids.
  • Take one of the braids and twist it tightly away from your face.
  • Place the straightener around the twisted braid and instead of just pulling the straightener down, twist the straightener in the same direction the hair is twisted. I started at the top and worked my way down the braid. Make sure you don’t put the straightener where your hair tie is or else there will be a weird crease.
  • Repeat the twisting and straightening step one more time on each braid just to be sure. When your hair has completely cooled, pull out your hair ties and run your fingers through the braids to release them.

I started on a day when I had straight hair like this style required. (I had straightened it the day before.) I put it in two braids.


See, look at that frizz! (And, I could have used some makeup. Geesh!)

I twisted the braids away from my face and then used the straightener, twisting in the same direction I twisted the braid.


Then I waited until the braids completely cooled. The cooling process took quite some time. So if you are going somewhere, leave yourself plenty of time (at least an hour). Then I took the braids out to reveal my beautiful beachy waves.


Or not.

Major failure.

I don’t think I have the texture or the length to make this work. But check out the results that the original poster got.


There was no time to redo my hair because I was on a tight time schedule, so I just threw it back in a ponytail.


I didn’t think it was so bad, but a few hours later my daughter looked at me in horror and said, “WHAT is wrong with your haaa-rrah?? It is so fah-riz-reeehhh!” Leave it to a 12-year-old to notice something you are specifically hoping no one will notice.

Let me know if anyone has greater success with this.

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